Marguerite Harris

analog film, video, installation, sculpture and new media

01.08.2016   - 31.08.2016

SomoS Artist-in Residence Summer 2016, 2017 and 2018, Marguerite Harris’ work incorporates elements of collage, analog film, video-art, projection, installation, sculpture and New Media.

In her work, Marguerite Harris merges older or outmoded techniques such as film and video signals with newer editing and computer graphing techniques, creating hybrid works, stating “my interest are in the way technology continues to “evolve” as well as the illusion of single images which form in relation to the movement and speed of the camera and form of light.”

More recently, Harris started working with textile materials -African cloth projections- and their comparison to numeric arts and algorithms.

Currently living and working in Paris, Harris is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, she holds an MFA in New Media and followed theoretical studies on Cinema. Harris wrote and published essays on art and Experimental Cinema, which are used as references in the fields of Contemporary Cinema and New Media Theory.

Portrait of artist of color Marguerite Harris
Marguerite Harris

Of her Expanded Cinema installations, Harris has said:

Much of my own work focuses on the idea of the body in time and space as well as the use of virtual technologies relating to video and computer graphing. In these works, there is an image projected through a collapsed sense of time. In the immersive video-film environments, the work explores archived images-events and phantom representations of fluid forms encased withing the digital frame which vanish at points and spaces reappearing in fragmented and entropied forms, creating states of vertigo.

Marguerite Harris, Artist’s Statement

During her 2016 residency, Marguerite Harris presented the solo exhibition Film is Un/Dead; an Expanded Cinema installation combined with interactive light display and treated/sewn analog film. Additionally, she conducted an analog film/sound workshop related to her art projects.

Summer 2017, she produced and presented several metal sculptures from her ongoing series “Worlds in Collision” in Berlin. They were shown as part of the “21ᵉ édition de Sculptures en l’Île à Andrésy” plain air sculpture exhibition, taking place from May 18th – September 23rd 2018.

2018 Harris came to Berlin to work on new metal sculptures at the Metal Studio of the BBK Kulturwerk. Her new Berlin pieces were presented late August 28th 2018 at SomoS.